Cass County authorities say a man pretending to be a police officer instigated an armed confrontation with a shotgun-toting teenager.
No one was injured in the incident. Detectives later arrested a 21-year-old Peculiar man who now faces charges in Cass County Circuit Court.
Beaudonavan Martin Jr. allegedly stopped motorists in two incidents Tuesday night and claimed to be a law enforcement officer, according to court documents. He was carrying a handgun, the victims told investigators.
One man told police that the alleged officer was “cussing and very angry” during the encounter.
In the second case, a teenage couple driving in the area of Route C and 227th Street saw a vehicle tailgating them and flashing its lights. One of the teens called a friend and asked him to get his shotgun because someone was following them.
When they arrived at the friend’s location, the victims said, the man got out of his vehicle holding a handgun and a flashlight and ordered the teen with the shotgun to drop it. He allegedly told them he was a deputy sheriff and they were in trouble for their driving. When they asked for a badge or identification, he told them he didn’t have to show them anything.
The teen put down the shotgun and the man holstered his handgun. When the mother of one of the teens came outside, the man told her she was lucky her son wasn’t dead, according to the court documents. When questioned later, Martin denied being involved. He did say he wanted to be a “cop.”
Martin is charged with misdemeanor impersonation of an officer and two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon.